My Relationship with Aerial, by Britt Johnson

Trilogy aerial yoga teacher training teacher, Brittany Johnson, shares how she found aerial and how it has changed her life...

I met Aerial about 8 years ago. Aerial didn't even know I existed, but I knew Aerial did.  We certainly had things in common, but I never thought we would develop such a long lasting relationship. 

Aerial has hurt, belittled, humbled and insulted me, but also, inspired, fulfilled and encouraged me.  But our relationship isn't as crazy as it sounds.  Aerial is a metaphor for my life.  

My life was ready for something new when Aerial and I first met.  I was ready to dedicate time and work into accomplishing ONE THING:  to get a photo of myself doing the splits in the air.  Could I do the splits?  No.  Could I do a pull up?  No.  Did I have an excellent camera?  No.  But ALL of these things were possible.  

It started with classes, then meeting friends, then training with my new friends.  Over time, Aerial began to give me bigger ideas and dreams.  

The goal of doing the splits in the air was still the number one priority, but what was happening was self-discovery.  Self-expression and therapy in the air.  I loved the challenge of balancing strength and grace while silently moving to my story.  I was able to release energy I didn't even know I had.  And along the way,  I gained the opportunity to perform and travel... AND get amazing pictures of me doing the splits in the air:-)

A few years later, the conversation I was having in the air started to fade.  The soul of Aerial and I became silent, and it made me question more than my craft.  It was time to evolve.  

Aerial didn't leave my life,  we simply took a break so we could keep each other healthy.  During my break, I started to find the more therapeutic side of using a hammock and quickly found Aerial Yoga.  After a yoga certification and finding a safe place to train, the path naturally formed.  I found expression, physical therapy and peace of mind AT THE SAME TIME using Aerial Yoga techniques!  It has been rewarding to combine all the knowledge I've absorbed over these last 8 years. 

 Aerial and I started a new version of ourselves, and I was able to dedicate time with new friends Hannahsita and Leila.  Together we dedicated time, knowledge, sweat and some secrets to create an Aerial Yoga manual we all believed in.  

 I'm thankful to Trilogy Sanctuary for encouraging and hosting my relationship with Aerial.  

Britt will be leading Trilogy's Spring Aerial Yoga Teacher Training along with Leila and Hannahsita. Learn more and apply soon because training begins April 27th!

Using the Hindu Trinity to Inspire Balance

By Rachel Lubich.

When our lives are in balance we feel a sense of harmony within our body, mind and spirit, as well as, the world around us. This harmony can be observed by the divine timing and cosmic ordering of opportunities which unfold for us at the right moment once we are ready for them.

Recently, I’ve been looking to the Hindu trinity of Gods to inspire balance in my life. In case you aren't familiar with them, allow me to introduce Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. Brahma is the creator, Shiva is the destroyer, Vishnu is the sustainer, and together they create harmony within the natural cycle which sustains life in this world. Let’s take a closer look at their individual qualities in order to extract the wisdom they embody so we may apply their teachings to achieve a more balanced effort in life.

Shiva, the Destroyer

First, we employ the wisdom of Shiva, the destroyer. Destruction, in this sense, is not an act of violence or an attempt to dismantle our life. Instead, it’s the ability to recognize the impermanence of certain aspects of our life in order to let go and move on from them. Shiva’s power of destruction is a necessary action in order to make room for new opportunities and maintain the energy required to pursue new ideas. We see the benefits of destruction when certain wildfires create space for new seedlings to take root and develop into the next generation of growth in the forests. Our ability for growth is often hindered by our inflated sense of unlimited capacity; growth can only be achieved when we are able to let go to make room for the new. Once we've identified what we can let go of, we have room for the creation of new projects and space to dance into new growth.

Brahma, the Creator

Within the Hindu trinity, Brahma symbolizes creation. This is our call to recognize our potential to create, whether it be through a new professional project or as simple as choosing a new-to-you hobby to stoke this flame of creativity. Are you able to point to something in your life that requires this act of creation? Maybe you’re creating new life with a pregnancy, you’ve chosen to knit yarn into a blanket, or beautifully transfer paint across a canvas to express yourself in the form of art. Without creation in our lives, we may become dull or uninspired. Creation stimulates pathways through our mind which inspire new ideas and allow us to recognize our innate ability to provide for ourselves.

 

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Vishnu, the Sustainer

Vishnu represents the sustainer, maintaining order in all which already exists. Daily rituals are a good example of ways we are able to sustain ourselves. Whether it’s practicing yoga or enjoying your morning cup of coffee, devotion to our own unique set of daily rituals aid in maintaining optimal health in body, mind and spirit. Recognize which aspects of your life require a certain amount of effort in order to be maintained, but do not hesitate to also recognize when those areas need the revitalizing power of Brahma or the fire of Shiva in order to enact change and progress.

When observed independently, we learn of the strength and wisdom embodied within each figure; when viewed together, we are able to observe the balance each provides to the flow of life as a whole. Consider checking in with yourself to employ the wisdom of balance the Hindu trinity exemplifies. With honest inquiry, you may find you’re already in a state of balance or it may reinspire action toward a new direction in your life!

Written by Rachel Lubich

Learn more about Hindu philosophy in our upcoming teacher training at Trilogy Sanctuary - Still time to sign up! Starts April 1st 2017

Yogi's First Books

By Rachel Lubich

Lead Teacher for Trilogy's Spring 200 Hour Teacher Training

A dear friend of mine from Austin requested that I compile a reading list for Yogi’s who are interested in enriching their yogic understanding outside of the studio setting. I LOVE when students ask me for yoga text recommendations! When a student approaches me for book recommendations, my energy soars and my eyes sparkle with delight! It’s such a joy to know that the practice has inspired a quest for more breadth and depth of knowledge in another Yogi. So, here is my carefully selected “Yogi’s First Books” reading list complete with short descriptions as to why I chose each of them.

 

Yoga Beyond Belief by Ganga White (Amazon)

This book was gifted to me as I left the country for my Yoga Teacher Training 7 years ago. It was the first yoga book I ever read and truly shaped my approach to the practice and philosophy as a teacher all these years later. It’s a great introduction, written in accessible language for the modern reader and briefly touches upon a breadth of information regarding yoga philosophy and yoga in practice. This book is my top pick to get a Yogi started on their journey and has been recommended and loaned to many people within my community.

Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama (Amazon)

This book was also gifted to me (I’m noticing a trend…) by my friend and yoga studio owner when I was leaving Philadelphia to move across the country. This book contains short stories of experiences and lessons Swami Rama noted from his time studying with the Master Teachers of yoga in India. I love the way the stories bring the teachings to life and offer insights into the hidden teachers of the ancient science and art of yoga.

The Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar (Amazon)

This book resonates with me because of the material included and the conversational language with which it is written. It offers a wonderful foundation of yoga philosophy with great clarity and encourages the adaptation of the practice to suit the individual. Written by T. K. V. Desikachar, he includes insights into the life of his father, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, the “father of modern yoga”, who was the Guru to Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi and B. K. S. Iyengar, among others.

Happy reading, yogis!

Interested in joining Rachel in our Yoga Teacher Training this Spring? You can find more information HERE

Bliss in the Air - The Extreme of Grounding and Flying

By Hannahsita Smyth,

a Trilogy Sanctuary aerial yoga teacher 

The greatness of who you are, is directly related to how you tell your story. In order to tell your story, you have to know who you are. To know who you are, you have serve in society.

Mental : overcoming narratives and barrier limitations

Physical : working strength, stretching and body awareness

Spiritual : creating, surrendering, supporting, trusting, believing in yourself. (Being who you are, is the person you were, when you stopped being you).  To be a kid again understanding open space is needed.

I don’t believe in balance. I believe in counterbalance. Living life at the edges, so you have more range of motion for growth and discovery. Play with opposites. If you sit all day, then your movement practice must meet the opposite of your sitting practice. Find the edges of each extreme. Inactive to active. If you are stimulated and very busy on the computers all day, the body will be still and not wasting energy. So switch to the other extreme. Still the mind and get motion and movement into the body. The physical body and mental mind love the extremes.

We are all movement makers. Rediscover this edge. Live bigger through life with movement.

Hannahsita is a leader of our aerial yoga teacher training and our aerial kids program. She also teaches aerial yoga classes of all levels.

Infrared Yoga in the Moon Room

We are all three dimensional beings; mind, body and spirit. Here at Trilogy we are highly focused and passionate about strengthening that connection. We believe that “true happiness can only be achieved by balancing all three.” Trilogy is the only studio in San Diego that offers infrared yoga - a heat therapy that greatly assists in the healing process of these dimensions.

Infrared Heat Therapy

Rooted from ancient Chinese healing called “Palm Healing.” The palms radiate infrared energy through the skin, aiding in healing.
In essence, infrared heat radiates energy into the human body, without causing the surrounding air to warm. The sun is the primary source of infrared heat and 80% of the light on Earth is infrared, causing this light to be easily processed by our bodies.  

Rejuvenation

As a beauty treatment, the penetration of infrared heat, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars, as well as smoothes skin’s texture.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues. Infrared heat invigorates the production of collagen, which helps improve healthy skin and hair, reduces joint pains and degeneration, helps heal gut issues, and other health ailments.

Clean Air

Infrared heat does not recirculate air, which reduces the circulation of dirty air and bacteria - thereby creating a very pure environment to breathe and practice in. As our body absorbs infrared waves, molecules begin to vibrate, causing an incredible cleansing effect at a cellular level. This heat therapy has proven to heal health-related disorders of the immune system, the cardiovascular system, soft tissue injuries, aches and pains from arthritis and fibromyalgia. It also helps increase blood circulation without suppressing your heart, as well as increases the levels of white blood cells and oxygen in your body.

Detoxify

Heavy metal toxicity is a very prevalent health issue as we are exposed to pollutants every day in our environment. Contamination from these heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic can be cleansed by detoxification from infrared heat therapy, by generating perspiration.

Join us at Trilogy Sanctuary for a warming, comforting and healing experience as you let the infrared rays heat your body from the inside out. Sign up for an Infrared yoga class HERE

Theena Thao - Trilogy Sanctuary Yoga Teacher Highlight

Theena has been teaching at Trilogy since the beginning! We asked her a few questions to explore what makes her such a gem of a yoga and aerial yoga teacher...

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What quote inspires your life and practice?

"Everywhere you go, there you are." -  I love this quote. It's a reminder for me to be where I am, that everything is where it should be, and that I am where I should be. In life or while practicing on my mat, this quote reminds me to stay present, breathe, and worry less. You can't have too many of these reminders as it's not an easy thing to do. And yet it is easy at the same time! When I read or say to myself, "Theena, everywhere you go, there you are", I feel a big rush of relief take over my body and I know for that moment I am okay. And so I repeat.

Who inspires you and why?

My mom is my number one inspiration. To me, she is the definition of a mother's love and sacrifice. I live a grateful life because of her. 

What has been one of your greatest experiences?

I was born in a small village in Vietnam and moved to California at the age of 6.  After graduating university, I worked for a year and was able to save up money to visit my far away family for the first time in 16 years. It was indescribable and similar to the feeling of connecting that last piece of puzzle. Home can be anywhere, but the motherland is a particularly special place because it's always in your heart. I hope to visit again very soon!

What words do you have to offer new yogis and aerial students?

I think it's important to keep it simple because often times less is more. Start small, take humble steps, and be kind to your body. When we are new to yoga, we tend to be critical of ourselves, and we focus on the "doing" rather than the "feeling". Which, to me, is completely normal because yoga can be intimidating in the west, sometimes even competitive. It's good to remember that yoga teachers can tell you how to align in a particular pose, but what you're "being" or "feeling", that's all up to you.

What is your biggest dream or aspiration?

I aspire to make this world a better place for all people. And also to inspire people to want to make this world a better place. I love the zero waste movement and although it's been challenging for me and progress has been slow, I continue to work at it and hope one day my choices align closer to this lifestyle.

Theena's Schedule:

Sunday 10:30am: Strength and Serenity 

Sunday 12pm: Aerial Restore Low Fabric

Thursday 7:30pm: Vinyasa

Friday 6pm: Vinyasa

Lessons from my Yoga Teacher Training Immersion

By Rachel Lubich

Lead teacher for Trilogy's spring 200 hour teacher training.

Every student I’ve mentored through a yoga teacher training program has expressed their own unique story of the pivotal transformation they experienced through their journey. Not only does a YTT prepare you to share the science and art of yoga with your community, it presents tools to help open your mind, body and spirit to a deeper awakening of your true nature. The decision to embark upwards upon the rungs of the ladder of your spiritual journey is a personal one. If you are open, then you will learn, you will grow and you will experience a transformation that is uniquely your own. Let me share a piece of my yoga teacher training transformation with you...

Learning to live my yoga
A few days into studying for my yoga teacher training program our teacher assigned each of us with the task of giving up something for the duration of the program in order to help us focus. Many of my peers chose to forgo various vices and indulgences to keep their minds clear. I immediately knew what sacrifice would serve me best: letting go of negative thoughts.
This task required me to pay attention to each passing thought as it arose and truly listen to the sentiment and tone it conveyed. If I noticed negative speech bubbling up in my mind from leftover personal struggles, I recognized my thought, chose to rewrite it into an increasingly more positive one, repeat the more positive speech and move on without judgement. This process of self-awareness continued for weeks; eventually I was able to transcend my former thought patterns and elevate my attitude to one filled with unlimited potential and contentment.
 

This is an example of the power of actively listening to your thoughts and making the choice to reshape the quality of your internal self-speech. It has the power to transform your life. This is what the practice of yoga asks of us; to show up, observe ourselves and put in the effort. Once we learn how to tune in, we are able to shed the layers obstructing the Self and embody our true nature within.

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Ready to start your journey as a yoga teacher? More information on our Spring YTT with Rachel is HERE

Why we shouldn't be calling it "aerial yoga"

By Hannahsita Smyth, an aerial teacher at Trilogy Sanctuary

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WHY would I say this, when I am a certified yoga and an aerial yoga teacher of 10 years in the community and a lover of both practices?

AERIAL has developed into something completely different to me that separates itself from YOGA.  

Let me explain.

By calling it AERIAL YOGA, you are using the fabric as a prop for YOGA. Fundamentally, using the fabric to deepen traditional yoga stretching, poses and postures.To give due credit, this is a beautiful flow and style all of its own. It is how most AERIAL YOGA classes are taught and instructed today, and in no way, is this wrong.

AERIAL is not a prop. It is a movement practice all on its own. AERIAL MOVEMENT is where we expand and explore.   Where flow is your goal.

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The key factor about AERIAL is that once you are in the fabric, you are in motion, flowing in an open flight pattern. It is literally open space. That is WHY it should not be controlled by a grounded, structured practice. If you come to my classes, you will not be disappointed, because this is how I flow. AERIAL stands for MOTION IN FLIGHT.

In order to FLY, you must release, let go mentally, in order to let yourself find AERIAL movement gains.

Beyond learning new skills of position and posture, AERIAL teaches you to fly into a open space where you have to explore, becoming creative again, laugh and giggle, and ultimately expand into something new. AERIAL itself is therapeutic, healing and transforms you at a cellular level.

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SO what should we call it ?

I say DON’T LABEL IT.  IT should be a practice so creative that your expression is the movement. FREE MOVEMENT TO BE YOU.

Want to practice aerial with Hannahsita? Find her class on our schedule